Pune – Mumbai Highway delight

Pune, India

Highway food is seldom gourmet unless if you find those hidden gems usually small scale, family owned and run ! This Pune trip I took a late evening stop at Punjabi Rasoi for a quick meal and their food left me hungry for more. In juxtaposition to what I  said above, this place is massive with seating for 250-300 people with an AC and an open air section which offers Charpai seating with candles illuminating the tables.

The menu is multi cuisine with the in-demand Chindian options but you should go here for their Punjabi fare as the name suggests. Their litmus test begins with THE Paneer Tikka, the rotis and the Green chutney. The black dal impresses and so does their paneer from their tandoor in a Goan Green Rechado like masala. The Rabri to end yet again speaks volumes about the food. I went their again in two days and they kept up their good work. Kudos to their team and i take a point from them for their visible hygiene levels, sticky menus, low ambient lighting  and soggy roasted papads.

Satguru's Punjabi Rasoi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Teddy Boy


The open air expanse, the nip in the Pune air and the rooftop gives Teddy Boy a edge and they put this to great use.  With both High and low seating, a long bar and a dj  the ambiance of the place is very inviting.  My first visit happened on Woman’s day, as early birds we found a table with a city view.

The bar menu offers good value given the pricing and even more on the given night when they had special menu with 1+1 cocktails and they were worth all the shake. The food menu is a mélange of cuisines, from Pizzas to Paneer Makhni with a lot of fusion happening on the menu. A desi eggetarian scotched egg version, a bite size uttappa and sambar dish, a paneer in  kulcha taco, a rice and cheese brioche and dishes like these are all you need on a night out with friends. They offered superior comfort value.  Not a chocolate dessert fan and hence skipped desserts but not before downing a spiced scotch cocktail.

A meal for 2 would come at around Rs 1500.

P.S: Prefer white plates over the fancy carts and carriages used for service as the latter pose serious hygiene concerns.

Arthur’s Theme, Baner

Pune, India

Went to this place after long, the last time was 6 years back at their Koregaon place. This one at Balewadi High Street is done up in good taste. Bright colours, cheerful upholstery and an energetic vibe. The place however disappointed once again due to lack of attention to food. The woodfired pizzas for which we travelled 8 kms came to us from electric ovens and we were not informed. The ricotta on the pizza was grated paneer, why put ricotta on the menu then! The grated  potato pancake which I expected to be roesti was a blob of mashed potato which lacked any discernible flavour.The good part of our experience was the freshness of ingredients used, right from the paneer to the mushrooms to the carrots and of course the service. Arthur’s theme serves a comforting post drink meal and you won’t be disappointed then.
Arthur's Theme Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

House of Paratha

Pune, India

Very good product at a good price. The parathas were huge and the filling generous.We had ordered the paratha thali and the dal and sabzi that came along didn’t pass muster. Suggest you go for parathas only, it comes with boondi raita and salad. Will try more from their list of parathas soon!

House of Paratha Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Super Shriraj, Wakad,Pune


Stumbled upon this place on Zomato and planned for a late holiday lunch with a bunch of friends, the place is open till 1630 for lunch. Done up in a minimal style, this place would gives you a feel for a highway side dhabas, with brick walls and tin roofs. What drew me to this place was their Maswadi and Tupachi bhakar and I’m glad I took the 15km commute. Maswadi on similar lines of the Nagpuri Patodi is a gram flour preparation spiced with poppy seeds, garlic,coconut, sesame etc cooked, cooled and cut into cubes to be eaten as a snack or served as a main dunked in a gravy. We relished the maswadi in gravy with bajra bhakris soaked in ghee and to add to the spice was a devilled red shev bhaji. Exquisite flavour and enjoyable spice made that lunch memorable one. Ask for a chilled glass of Solkadi or Chaas, trust me you will need it. Non Vegetarians, all the other ‘100 items’ on the menu are for your and my carnivore friends unanimously endorsed it.

Hotel Super Shriraj Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Spice Kitchen, J W Marriott Pune

Pune, India

Have been to Spice Kitchen for a couple of lunches,both times the buffet. They have multitude of options on the buffet and I love the Dimsums and the custom pizza each time. Their oriental options are great and the Indian selection good. Last thing I would like to appreciate them is for their dessert selection, patisserie of which stands out. For the price, it is a steal!

Spice Kitchen - JW Marriott Pune Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Asha Dining Hall, Since 50’s

Pune, India

This place is an institution in Pune, started in the 50’s it was then a place for students and others who looked for homelike meals on an everyday basis. Even till date the place has patrons who come for their daily dose of a Maharashtrian Thali with a Northern Karnataki influence given the owners come from Karwar, Karnataka.

Priced at Rs 140 for unlimited food, it comprises 3 vegetables, rasam, dal/lentil, chapattis, salad and curd. They have certain specialties like the Sprouted Moong curry on Thursdays, Masala Bhaat and Alu chi Amti (Colacasia Leaves curry) etc which draws patrons to them. Desserts come at an extra cost of Rs 40 a portion and I devoured some homemade Amrakhand to end my Sunday lunch. Do try their Shrikhand and Gulab Jamuns both homemade apart from an array of out sourced sweets.

Last words, no frill place with great food light on your gut and your pocket. Go explore!

Asha Dining Hall Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato